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I can’t believe that I had two features roll out two days in a row. It’s quite humbling to have your story featured in the media. This is only the beginning of greatness and I am motivated even more when I am reminded about the great work I am doing.
Take a moment and read with me.
Courtney Daniel knows how to keep up in a fast-paced business world. In fact, she was once a personal assistant to the stars. “Little did I know, the years I spent thinking on my feet, finding creative solutions to problems and developing a knack for pleasing people would endow me with all the skills I’d need for success with my own creative business.”
The attention to detail she brought to client correspondence sparked her interest in developing custom stationery solutions for individuals, small businesses and corporations. She started her company in 2005.
C. Daniel Designs is a full-service project-management company specializing in custom stationery. To learn more about C. Daniel Designs, visit www.cdanieldesigns.com.
Daniel was named the sole 2016 American Small Business Champions representing New Hampshire. She traveled to Washington, D.C. for a day of small business training with SCORE and Sam’s Club, and received a gift card to purchase business supplies.
Daniel created the winning design for the Seacoast African American Cultural Center’s own pectoral postmark in 2015. She has also participated in business roundtable events with public officials including Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH).
How SCORE Helped
Daniel first met SCORE’s Seacoast chapter when she moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and wasn’t sure how to move her business to her new state. She attended local workshops and met with mentors Dan Walter and Liz LeSavoy once a month. “Doing so allowed me the time needed to complete my checklist from previous meetings.” If she had a question in between meetings, she could call on Walter and Savoy any time.
“My counselors have been instrumental sounding boards for the numerous ideas I have had as a creator,” Daniel says. “They’re just a phone call or email away and I love the convenience of having Dan and Liz available. They both allowed me to set the pace of how I wanted my business to grow — the ball was always in my court.”
I would like to share with you my very first blog post as an Huffington Post Contributor. This was definitely a milestone for me and I am proud of it. I invite you to read and digest some ways on which expressing gratitude can increase positive emotion in your life.
8 Ways Gratitude Can Improve Your Health
There are many ways in which we express gratitude in our day to day lives: saying a simple ‘thank you’; dropping thank-you notes or handwritten cards to friends, colleagues, or even your boss; thinking about great moments in life; keeping a gratitude journal; praying (if you are religious); and counting your blessings.
Being grateful could also mean appreciating what you receive, whether it is tangible or otherwise. To be truly thankful, one must acknowledge what is good in their life. From these meanings, we can see that what we should be grateful for – the source of goodness in one’s life – lies outside the self. Ultimately, thankfulness can connect you to other people or a higher power and lead to a better life.
Psychological research shows that being grateful makes you happier. You experience more positive emotions, handle adversity more effectively, build stronger relationships, relive positive life experiences, and it can even improve your overall health.
What positive effects can gratitude have on your health?
Both being grateful and showing gratitude can greatly benefit your health due to the long-term power of positive emotion. Some of these positive effects are outlined below.
#1 – Physical health
Grateful individuals typically take better care of themselves, including exercising, eating healthy, and attending regular medical check-ups, which all contribute to a generally healthier lifestyle and individual. If you are more grateful, you will also feel healthier with less aches and pains.
#2 – Psychological health
Expressing gratitude reduces toxic emotions, like envy, resentment, regret, and frustration. You are also less likely to feel negative emotions after an expression of gratitude. This improves your general well-being.
#3 – Better sleep
If you want a better night of sleep, you should keep a gratitude journal. Studies have shown that individuals that write about what they are grateful for during the day for 15 minutes in the evening tend to worry less at night and sleep both sounder and longer. Simply enough, thinking positively before going to bed is likely to make you sleep more peacefully.
#4 – Increased mental strength
One of the most effective ways to both combat and reduce trauma is by being grateful. A study of Vietnam War veterans showed that those that were more grateful experienced a greater level of daily well-being, which may lessen the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Being grateful also makes people more resilient. In a survey tracking personal strength, a surge of gratitude was detected after the events of September 11, 2001, which led to community building, an increased sense of belonging, and the ability to better buffer negative stress in the future.
#5 – A healthy heart
A study has shown that experiencing positive emotions, including being grateful, changes heart rate variability. This could help in the treatment of hypertension and reduce risk in patients with congestive heart failure and/or coronary artery disease.
#6 – Better immunity
Being grateful is directly related to being optimistic. A study conducted by the University of Utah, as cited on WebMD, revealed that first-year law students who were stressed yet optimistic had more immune-boosting blood cells in their body. The less grateful students had weaker immunities.
#7 – Decreases stress
It is no surprise that stress can make you sick, especially if you are unable to cope with it. Stress can be linked to both cancer and heart disease. In fact, it could cause up to 90% of your visits to the doctor. However, you can cope with stress and other daily challenges by being grateful and expressing gratitude in your life.
#8 – Better outcomes in compromised health
Again, gratitude is associated with optimism. Due to this, individuals living with AIDS or those that are about to undergo surgery had better health outcomes when they expressed positivity and gratitude towards themselves and others.
So with these benefits in mind, you must be wondering, “How can I be more grateful?” Well, it is simply a state of mind, which is luckily very changeable. You can focus on the benefits you have received outside of yourself and be mindful of what you have, while also thinking positively about your opportunities in life. In this way, you can lead an optimistic life of gratitude.